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This Ancient Japanese City Can Only Be Appreciated Through Cat Pictures
Business Insider ^ | Oct. 31, 2013 | Amanda Macias

Posted on 11/04/2013 10:18:27 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

Three years ago, wooden toy wholesaler Yutaka Katayama picked up a camera and started taking pictures of ordinary life in Kyōto, Japan. Since then photography has become an obsession.

"It's my life's work," he wrote over email.

Katayama has taken thousands of pictures of the legendary ancient city that once was the imperial capital of Japan. He has also found a favorite theme: the stray cats that are found all over Kyoto.

"I feel the strength to live from a stray cat," Katayama wrote. "They seem to live a quiet life always looking for food and a place to live while keeping well their distance to the human."

Katayama prefers to take photos early in the morning when there are fewer tourists around (Kyoto has an incredible 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Like many cats, the photographer visits the same places over and over, where he hopes he will experience a new feeling every time.

Check out some of the cats of Kyoto:

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; cats; japan; kittyping; kyoto; max
WARNING: Very image-intensive.
1 posted on 11/04/2013 10:18:27 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 11/04/2013 10:19:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty City


3 posted on 11/04/2013 10:25:50 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Hardraade
Kitty City

Oooh, that didn't go over so well.

4 posted on 11/04/2013 10:29:10 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh sure.... It’s all good fun until one gets run over by a skateboard.


5 posted on 11/05/2013 12:24:26 AM PST by Bullish (The only real solution is to abolish liberal democrats forever)
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To: Bullish

Really interesting pics. I’d love to see Kyoto, a fascinating city chock full of history.


6 posted on 11/05/2013 12:33:43 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the pemople fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The island of Enoshima, on the coast about 40 miles south of Tokyo, is another kitty haven. People visiting the shrines on the island often bring along food for the cats, and some also bring in cats and let them go. And among the offering boxes are some that collect donations for spaying the cats.


7 posted on 11/05/2013 12:36:55 AM PST by rjbemsha
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To: Bullish

Or eaten by Godzilla.


8 posted on 11/05/2013 12:42:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rjbemsha

There must be more than one:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2964847/posts


9 posted on 11/05/2013 12:45:08 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: flaglady47

I’ve never really liked chocks.


10 posted on 11/05/2013 12:52:39 AM PST by Bullish (The only real solution is to abolish liberal democrats forever)
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To: Slings and Arrows

How do the cats manage to evade the s’kiyaki pot?


11 posted on 11/05/2013 1:05:35 AM PST by Tucker39
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To: Tucker39

By pointing to the dog.


12 posted on 11/05/2013 2:06:45 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: rjbemsha
is another kitty haven.

Or, "cat" fish farm for chinese restaurants

13 posted on 11/05/2013 2:09:53 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Make sure you have removed the kleenex from your pockets before doing laundry)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Love those black and white mock tuxedo alley cats...I have one of those...or rather, he has me.


14 posted on 11/05/2013 2:45:07 AM PST by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Jerusalem is another Big Kitty City.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=jerusalem+cats+&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=jerusalem+cats+&sc=1-15&sp=-1&sk=


15 posted on 11/05/2013 4:54:47 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: left that other site

And Rome as I recall.


16 posted on 11/05/2013 5:36:16 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Slings and Arrows

Lol. Kitty Cloverfield. That was fairly weird.


17 posted on 11/05/2013 5:38:48 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Mercat

I have never been to Rome, but there were so many cats in Jerusalem in 1984 when I visited there that I wrote a song about it!

One of these days I will get to Rome.

Cats eat mice and rats, so I like ‘em.


18 posted on 11/05/2013 6:10:44 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I guess Googling “Japanese Pussys” would get the same kind of pictures...yes?


19 posted on 11/05/2013 6:32:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Cats Rule These Japanese Islands


20 posted on 11/05/2013 6:43:45 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Slings and Arrows

At least one of those cats doesn’t look well.


21 posted on 11/05/2013 8:05:43 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The presence of the cats transforms those pics into art.

The Japanese can be odd folks at times, but I do appreciate their love of kittehs.


22 posted on 11/05/2013 8:07:25 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Hardraade

23 posted on 11/05/2013 8:18:04 AM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: pallmallman

I’ve got two of them. One certainly has the attitude to be a samurai.


24 posted on 11/05/2013 10:11:02 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: left that other site
You'd think the mice would've learned to listen for the davening. ;^)
25 posted on 11/05/2013 10:11:51 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Hardraade

Obviously I’ve been abusing the wrong pharmaceuticals.


26 posted on 11/05/2013 10:13:16 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: martin_fierro

It’s alike a scene from a Alfred Hitchcock movie.


27 posted on 11/05/2013 10:14:23 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Beautiful! Thanks for posting.


28 posted on 11/05/2013 10:14:53 AM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: workerbee

My pleasure.


29 posted on 11/05/2013 10:15:14 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

True that.


30 posted on 11/05/2013 10:41:13 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats Daven? Who Knew.

Kosher Katz Daven, But CATS?


31 posted on 11/05/2013 10:50:00 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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32 posted on 11/05/2013 11:05:38 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ahhhh.. Mr. Katz Hisself!


33 posted on 11/05/2013 1:02:48 PM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

- “Max” (XL) :

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0YZL3xx0AI&feature=youtu.be


34 posted on 11/06/2013 5:57:46 AM PST by devolve (- "He's (Obama) just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." - Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great pics!


35 posted on 11/06/2013 6:02:05 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Truly beautiful.


36 posted on 11/06/2013 7:49:18 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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37 posted on 11/06/2013 3:28:15 PM PST by devolve (- "He's (Obama) just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." - Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett)
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